Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Hero, The eReader

I was sharing this little story on a  group the othr day and I figured I'd share it here too.

For those who don't know, I have two teenage daughters (15, 17). Bot are good students, but they go about things differently. My oldest tends to wait until the last minute to do a project. My youngest does it the first day because she hates school and wants it done ASAP. lol

Anyway, on Sunday, Kati, my oldest, informed me that her AR test (advanced reading) was due on Monday and she still needed to find and read a book for it. Well, of course she does! *groaning* Students have to get at least 20 points or they don’t pass the AR test. Kati always passes, she LOVES to read. Still, she procrastinates. Her usual plan of attack is to find a book on the AR list worth at least 20 points. This way she doesn't have to read several smaller books. She'll sit down in the recliner on Sunday afternoon and spend the entire day reading.

However, this time she couldn't find any books in my boxes (I have tons of books!). So, I joined the search. She wanted a Dean Koontz book. I have quite a few, but could I find them? Of course not. We had already tried the store earlier that morning and nada. At this point we were starting to get desperate. Finally, my brain kicked in and I said, "You know, we could just download an ebook to my Sony eReader".
Not sure why I didn’t think of that to start with! I guess because I'm not used to the kids reading on my eReader.

Anyway, we popped online and found a Koontz book right off the bat. Kati did have to pull an all nighter to finish it because we had a birthday party to go to that evening and she didn't have time to read until it was already late. When Monday came Kati took the eReader to school with her so she could refresh her tired brain before the test. As you can imagine she aced the damn thing. LOL

And yet another use for these wonderful devices...saving kids’ grades everywhere!

On that same note, have you all seen the newest version of Nook? It's more expensive, but boy am I loving the looks of that thing!

 A few features (see more on their site):

  • Stunning 7-inch color touchscreen 
  • Magazines & newspapers in rich color
  • Kids' books come alive
  • Over 2 million titles at your fingertips
  • Get social, surf the web, play games, even listen to music

Originally I wanted the Kindle. Actually, I still do. I really like this newest Nook too, though. I'm thinking I should wait, because my guess is that Kindle will soon have their own color version with all these same fun features. And with any luck the prices will go down and that's when I'll pounce! LOL
In the meantime, I'll just stick with the Sony. :) 



Madison Scott said...

I love that. The convenience is one of the best things about ebooks and ereaders.

I really want a Nook or Kindle too. I'm not sure which one I like better though.

Natalie Dae said...

I want one toooooooooooo!


Anne Rainey said...

Madison--I keep going back and forth, but this latest Nook is taking the lead now. I hope Kindle comes out with a color version soon!

Anne Rainey said...

Natalie--Well, the holidays are coming up. Maybe someone will get for you! :-D

Valerie T. said...

Pretty! But I can't decide if I want to give up my trusty Sony. It's been working for 2 years now. Haven't had any problems with it. But I do love all the gadgets.

I want an IPad. Don't need one, but I want one.

And a Kindle. Don't need it. But want it too.

And now a color Nook. I can't decide! *sobs*

Tess MacKall said...

AR testing. Went through that same type of thing last week. Our kids test here weekly and pass the AR curriculum in general if they garner so many points. So they are constantly reading. Fortunately, all my kids love to read. The one who loves it most is the boy. Odd, cause boys are not supposed to love it as much as girls I'm told. lol But he's a great little reader and blows the end of grade testing off the charts. Yep, gotta get my brag on here. LOL

I would love it if we had text books in all schools that would download to e readers. That would be so awesome. And the day is coming, of course, but my kids will be long past that point by then. So in the meantime, I get to shell out hundreds of dollars in college text books--wonderful. Well, the boy might see it in college. If he goes to college--he's talking military---yeah, I'm dealing with that. We'll seeeee.

But I love the new e reader too. Saw it on Dear Author. Great article there on its functionality. I don't know enough about the technical side of things to make a good comparison. I so wish someone who understood it all would write it all up in layman's terms for me. lol Hey, that would make a great blog post. Wonder who we can get to do a good comparison of all the e readers on the market???

Great post, Anne. Woot for acing the AR test!

Anne Rainey said...

Valerie--I figure if I do get a Kindle or Nook, then I'll pass my Sony onto my mom. Both of us are happy that way! *grin*

Anne Rainey said...

Tess--I don't know exactly how the AR testing works here, but they don't just read one book and that's it. I was just referring to this one incident. :) That's great about your son.

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Deanna said...

The new Nook is allowing apps to be created on it. Scuttlebutt by someone (I can't remember who) said that Amazon will probably stick with the Kindle in e-ink and just develop a Kindle app for the nook. Colour eReader device solved. Not sure how true that is though ... just sayin'